Matt Burns

Matt Burns

Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch.

Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch.

His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call.

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  • AMD's DTV biz gets scooped up by Broadcom

    AMD wanted to get out of the DTV market for a bit now and just found a buyer. Broadcom, maker of chips and bits inside of broadcast equipment, is paying $192.8 million in cash to acquire all of AMD’s assests for the digital television bisiness. AMD’s DTV assets include Xilleon integrated DTV processors and reference designs, NXT receiver ICs, the Theater 300 DTV processor, and a… Read More

  • Olympus SP-565 20x Ultra-Zoom digital camera

    What do you get when you throw in a 20x zoom lens into a smallish package? A peeping tom’s second best friend.  Olympus is doing just that with their new SP-565 ultra zoom point-and-shoot cam. (third new model of the day btw) The camera outfit is simply updating the venerable SP-570UZ with the same 20x zoom lens but shrinking the overall bezel size. The techs still were able to include… Read More

  • Panasonic launching four new Blu-ray recorders, including VHS-to-Blu-ray model

    Blu-ray set-top recorders, and DVD recorders for that matter, have never really caught on in the States. Most users here seem satisfied with hard-drive based recorders and don’t want to deal with a portable media. Japan AV-types scoop up these recorders though, and Panasonic is launching four new models aimed right at their home turf. We aren’t going to dive in, and run… Read More

  • Vudu: 1,000 HD titles coming along with a lifetime content warranty

    Vudu has big plans for their IP-based content delivery service. Big plans and we don’t mean that .99 cent rental thing.  “In a very short time we’ll have 1,000 HD titles,” says Donnigan. “That’s more than Blu-ray. We have some huge deals.” That’s a lot of high-def content. More than any service we can think of. But also, the company wants to… Read More

  • Concept: Tiny ultrasonic dishwasher

    Picture your flat’s sink full of nasty dishes. Ok, maybe not nasty nasty, but you know, dingy. Then all you do is fill up the sink with water and drop this little guy in. Press the indicator light to have your new roommate wash everything submerged with ultrasonic tech.  Who knows if this concept will ever make it out of CG-world and into my sink. If it helps though, I can provide… Read More

  • If you care, CNN is broadcasting the entire DNC in HD

    The boob tube has been squawking lately about some big political event next week in Denver. If you plan on tuning in, Multichannel News is reporting that CNN plans on broadcasting the entire shebang in high-def. Apparently, the outfit splurged on new cameras and related gear for the event. You would think that this gathering was important or something.  Multichannel News via TVP Read More

  • Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray player leaks out

    Most AV guys will tell you that, currently, the best Blu-ray player on the market is the PS3. That reign is going to come smashing down when the Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD hits the market though. Simply put: this is one bad mother. 50lbs of steel and aluminum, this Blu-ray player is the stuff some guys dream about. Well, maybe just our dreams. The BDP-09FD is the first Pioneer unit to… Read More

  • New colored Wii straps hide sweat stains better

    That white Wii strap getting a little grimy? Wii Bowling worked up a gross stain? Us too. These new colored straps should hide your nasty wrist sweat a bit better than the orginal. They should hit Japanese shelves in September for ¥300 ($2.75) each, or ¥1,000 ($9.15) for the whole set. Nintendo hasn’t announced US plans yet, but something tells us that these will find their way… Read More

  • Extreme concrete road barrier

    Crazy Japanese driver training course? Nope. It’s a speed-limiting tactic over in Japan China. There isn’t much info about the two-foot tall, 100-foot long chicane but we’re intimidated just looking at the course. via Autoblog Read More

  • Paramount offers $10 rebate for Blu-ray upgrades

    Happen to be a HD DVD earlier adopter? Sorry to hear that. Paramount and Dreamworks wants to help switch your library to the winning side and is offering up a $10 rebate. All the studios ask is that when you buy a Blu-ray title of a disk you currently own, mail in a promo certificate along with the proof of purchase from the original disc’s packaging.  That’s not all good… Read More

  • Gwen Stefani a gamer? New baby named 'Zuma'

    You know that crack-like addictive game Zuma? Gwen Stefani just named her new son with the same name. Hollywood babies always have life-ruining names, but could this kid have been named after a stupid game?  Next headline: Madonna adopts Egyptian girl, renames her Bejeweled. via Stuff Read More

  • DIY photography of Miroslav Tichý

    Here’s the skinny: Czech born, Prague Academy of Arts educated and Communist opposer. Miroslav Tichý eventually took nearly 100 photos a day on his homemade cameras.  Build from scraps, such as metal plates, crown caps, rubber bands, cardboard, scotch tape, and plexi glass, his awkward yet masterful cameras display an ingenious inventiveness. Time consumed many details of his life… Read More

  • TomTom Go 940 coming soon?

    Is TomTom updating the 930 over in the U.K.? How about here in the U.S.? We don’t know the full deets’ just yet, but with a 940 LIVE product page up at HandTec, and IFA the first week of September, the stars are in our favor. According to said product page, the 940 will be similar to the 930 (pictured), just with the LIVE services added. Think HD traffic, safety alerts, gas… Read More

  • Dodge truck gets wood; still able to drive coast-to-coast

    How about wood for a fuel? It’s renewable, plentiful, and local. The thought isn’t anything new but with the soaring price in gasoline, it’s making a come back. Just don’t call it a come back ’cause this lumberjack is going to show you what his wood-burning Dodge is made of by driving coast-to-coast. Basically the system gassifies the wood and feeds the syngas… Read More

  • Quick look: PSP-2001 vs PSP-3000

    When Sony announced the specs of the new PSP, there was a collective sigh accross the interwebs. “A LCD new screen. Really, Sony? All we get is a new screen.” That sigh might have been premature though. Check out one of the first pics comparing the old (top) and the new (bottom). We’re impressed. Famitsu via Kotaku Read More

  • Lexar bumps up storage on FireFly USB drives to 16GB

    Lexar’s smallest USB storage drives are getting a huge jump in capacity. Shipping right now, the super small storage drive now comes in a super large size of 16GB and retails for $99. What else is there to say? It’s 16GB USB storage drive for $99. Have a good day. Read More

  • PSP now on FON Wi-Fi

    PSP fanboys, take note. Starting today, your little Sony buddy can hop on any of the FON Wi-Fi spots. Details aren’t exactly clear as if full internet will be available or if it is just going to be Sony-exclusive material. As far as the service goes though, there are around 44,000 FON spots world-wide so chance are that unless you’re in the middle of the a corn field, there is… Read More

  • iceorb – 'cause your trays are so 1960

    Wait, you’re still using ice cube trays? Your grandma uses ice cube trays. All those trays do is sit there, holding ice cubes, take’n up space. Time to get multitasking playboy; you need the iceorb.   Makes 21 cubes of ice on a vertical wall Stores up to 51 cubes – airtight and odor free Chills wine and other beverages in a bottle Use as a cooler to keep cold foods fresh… Read More

  • Bose intro's iPhone-friendly SoundDock Series II

    The original Bose SoundDock was the de facto standard for all other iPod docks on the market. Simply put, it rocked. The next-gen version works out all of its differences with the iPhone and now plays, and charges, nicely together. Plus, the designer folk streamlined the look a bit and added a thoughtful aux-in jack for the iPod haters. (joke, just a joke) Finally, the remote has… Read More

  • Home Theater on the fritz; AT&T's ConnecTech will fix it

    AT&T wants a some of the tasty in-home service cake currently being enjoyed by Geek Squad, Firedog, and your local nerd herds. ConnecTech’s prices start out at a reasonable $69 for basic PC/home network telephone support all the way up to $849 for large flat screen hanging along with 7 wall mounted speakers.  Let’s take a closer look and see how the service stacks up against… Read More